Discreet Marq took the lead a few strides out of the gate and never looked back as she went wire to wire to win the $200,000 G2 Sands Point Stakes for 3-year-old fillies at Belmont Park.
The daughter of Discreet Cat broke alertly under Jose Lezcano and was allowed to set easy fractions of 25.57 for the first quarter and 49.64 for the half. Watsdachances sat just behind the leader in second, with Kitten's Queen close up in third.
As the field entered the far turn, Discreet Marq continued to lead, as Kitten's Queen edged closer into second. Watsdachances raced in third, with Wave Theory stuck behind the leaders in fourth.
At the top of the stretch, Lezcano asked Discreet Marq for more and the filly responded, opening up a slight lead as Kitten's Queen and Watsdachances began to toil. Wave Theory, full of run but trapped on the rail, was finally able to shake loose in deep stretch and came after the longtime leader but fell three-quarters of a length short.
Watsdachances got up for third, another 1 1/2 lengths further back. Final time for the 1 1/16 miles was 1:42.50 over the firm turf course.
Discreet Marq was bred in New York and races as a homebred for Patricia Generazio. Christophe Clement trains.
Sands Points quotes courtesy NYRA
Christophe Clement, winning trainer of Discreet Marq (No. 2): “I'm a very lucky man. She came to me at Payson Park 2 ½ months ago. She's trained very well from Day 1. It's a bit ambitious to be here, but she was the only speed of the race and [owner Patricia Generazio] was really happy to take the shot. It worked out. She's a nice horse; she was a nice horse last year. She's a top-class filly, I'm sure of it. We have many races on the turf coming along, so it's going to be fun. Let's enjoy it for today, and go from there.”
Jose Lezcano, winning jockey aboard Discreet Marq (No. 2): “That was the plan, not too much to say. She broke good and was in the front. I waited for the final three-sixteenths to make a run, and she pulled out a win.”
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